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Rand Paul Plans His Third Attack on D.C.’s Gun Laws, Following House Passage Yesterday of Dangerous D.C. Gun Amendment

Jul 17, 2014
Press Release

Washington, DC –  The Office of Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced today that the Office of Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) has informed Roll Call that he plans to continue to try to overturn D.C.’s gun laws.  The Office’s statement follows, by one day, House passage of an amendment, sponsored by Representative Thomas Massie (R-KY), to the Fiscal Year 2015 D.C. Appropriations bill that would block D.C. from enforcing its local gun laws, and by one week the amendment to wipe out D.C.’s gun laws that Paul filed on the Senate floor to the Bipartisan Sportsmen’s Act, which was pulled off the Senate floor.  Last Congress, Paul filed amendments to overturn D.C.’s gun laws during consideration of the D.C. budget autonomy bill.

“Senator Paul continues to act inconsistently with his tea-party, states’ rights, libertarian principles when it comes to the local laws of the District government,” Norton said.  “He spends much of his time in the Senate trying to stop the federal government from being involved in traditionally federal matters and to devolve that power to the states, yet he wants the same federal government to trample on a local government’s rights.  We are working with our Senate allies and our gun-safety and home-rule allies across the country to defeat the Massie amendment and any other attacks on D.C.’s gun safety laws.”